Let’s get to the next voting round of this year’s Mobile Madness, up now we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 versus the HTC One A9.
The Note has been a favorite for phablet users, though it is getting harder to separate “normal” versus large-screen phones as every new iteration of a phone brings on larger displays. The Note 5 has a lot to love, big, bright beautiful display, speedy processor, great camera, and if you’re into the stylus, we’ve got that in the Note 5. But there was the whole disaster with the pen being inserted incorrectly, rending one of the more compelling reasons for the S Pen useless. But is is an incredible device, with a whole lot to love.
But what about the HTC One A9? Where does that lie in our hearts, but more importantly in our pockets. The HTC One A9 is kind of a different beast, it doesn’t aim to be a flagship in the traditional sense, but it still will wear the crown for HTC. The One A9 was priced $399.99-$499.99, in an era where flagship phones can easily cost double that. As far as looks are concerned, you’d probably take a double-take and notice, that’s not an iPhone. That’s not a knock or complement, it just is. It runs Marshmallow out of the box, has a serviceable camera, and a battery that will get you through at least an entire day. Some may argue the Snapdragon 617 is just now powerful enough to be future proof. It may just be good enough for now, but not good enough a year or two later.
Which phone would you select if you had the option of these two phones. Check out our reviews below and vote. Remember, you can vote as many times as you wish. Have fun!
Galaxy Note 5
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 has been on my radar for a few months now. It was leaked several times, sure, but I’m always curious with what Samsung has planned for its Galaxy Note smartphones.
The Note series usually pushes the boundaries in a lot of ways, whether it’s new screen technology, incredible camera sensors, fingerprint readers, virtual reality (last year, with the Note 4, for example), or new S Pen technology. It is, typically, an example of Samsung’s best foot forward in the mobile space.
This year we were introduced to the Galaxy Note 5. Jon Rettinger and I have been using it for the past couple of weeks, and there’s a lot to love. In fact, I think this is the Samsung flagship you should buy right now, even though it does have a few shortcomings.
When the One A9 was announced, it looked like a compelling addition to the top end of that market. It promised Android 6.0 Marshmallow, an aluminum body, a 13MP camera, expandable storage, 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 617 processor, all for $399.99.
During our review period, however, we learned that the One A9’s initial “limited time” offer was indeed very limited, and soon after this review runs it will jump to $499.99, $100 more than devices like the Moto X Pure and in a whole new category of premium smartphones. On a two-year contract with AT&T, it will cost just $30 less than the Galaxy S6.
So where does the HTC One A9 fit, exactly, and how well does it perform in that market segment? It’s a tough question to answer, and one I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about.